Season 8

Episode 811: “Angels Anonymous”

Episode 811: “Angels Anonymous”
Original Air Date:December 15, 2001
Written by::R.J. Colleary
Directed by:Larry Peerce
Produced by:

Martha Williamson
Jon Andersen
R.J. Visciglia, Jr.

Guest Cast:


Rafael Alexis Cruz
Dave Hal Linden
Michael Chris Potter
Bubba Jack McGee
Karen Molly Hagan
Leigh Leila Kenzle
Jimmy Geoffrey Blake
Peter Erik King
Yvette A.J. Johnson

The angels lure a group of former classmates and their significant others to a run down bar and restaurant called “Bubba’s Polynesian Paradise”.  Andrew, acting as a marriage counselor, sends Yvette and Peter there when they have trouble talking about anything but work.  Monica catches the eye of Michael, a lonely paramedic, and leads him on a wild goose chase ending at Bubba’s.  Tess sends Leigh and her “I’m the boss” husband Jimmy to the dive in order to squeeze lunch into their thoroughly planned outing.  And Karen, a lawyer who has lost her sense of purpose, is stranded in the Polynesian nightmare when a bad client, a flat tire, and returning angel Rafael combine to alter her day.

As they become aware of each other and gravitate toward a single table, they catch up on the years gone by, and make the startling discovery that their former teacher Dave Price is bussing their table.  Dave denies his identity at first, hating what he’s become, and despising what he is about to do.  He has agreed to help Bubba, the owner, burn the place down in exchange for a chunk of the insurance money.  He figures if he can dodge his students and forget the good man he used to be, he’ll be able to go through with the arson.  But after some prodding by Gloria, Dave admits who he is and how he got there.  Soon the former students teach the teacher about life, and tell him of the differences he made in theirs.   Dave tells Bubba he won’t do it, and reconciles with himself and his past.  The meeting puts balance back into Leigh’s marriage, gives Yvette and Peter something to talk about, and reconciles lost lovers Michael and Karen.  Everyone is better off from their visit to Bubba’s and none of them knew the part the angels played in their lives.

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